AOL today announced that it has launched Open AIM 2.0, an update to the API and SDK the company provides to third-party instant messaging developers who write clients and services for use with AOL’s AIM network. AOL announced the first version of Open AIM one day shy of two years ago.
In its first release, Open AIM was largely characterized by the technical advantages it conferred on third-party developers by providing a flexible SDK that worked with a number of popular programming languages in the Windows environment. At the same time, its license was somewhat protective of AIM, prohibiting developers from using it with multi-network IM clients such as Trillian or Pidgin.
Though some developers are still uncertain of how (or if) they can take advantage of the new release, AOL has lifted some of the restrictions it placed two years ago, and it has provided more access and documentation to OSCAR, AIM’s key protocol. With Open AIM 2.0, a number of OSCAR features are now exposed through the new APIs. Spokespersons for AOL confirmed that SSL encryption, for instance, is now available to third-party developers.